Discovery Shores Boracay, the award-winning resort of The Discovery Leisure Company, in partnership with international NGO Waves for Water, is set to make waves this year for the Ati indigenous community in Sitio Carla, Barangay Cubay Sur, Malay, Aklan. The resort’s CSR project, “Together for Water”, was launched in a fundraising kick-off last 14 March 2017. Hotel Manager Erwin Lopez and his team visited Ati Chieftain Vicente Elorde and his community to pledge the donation of 60 water filters to the sitio’s 120 households this 2017.
International NGO Waves for Water’s Director of Operations Jenica Dizon did an interactive demonstration, showing the audience how to use the Sawyer water filters. A talk on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) was also given by one of the island’s doctors Dr. Girlie Teotico, as World Water Day is fast approaching this March.
“Now that we’re on our 10th year anniversary, it’s high time for us to play a bigger role in giving back to the community,” Hotel Manager Erwin Lopez said. “Access to clean water is a right for everyone. Clean water not only saves lives but improves the overall well-being of a person. With Boracay’s recent advancements, people may have this idea that the island has an abundance of clean drinking water. However, there are many underserved communities nearby who are in need.”
To make it easy for guests and employees to join in on the fundraising drive, the “Change for Water” donation boxes are strategically placed in the resort’s reception areas and restaurants. Loose change and bills are all it takes to positively impact up to a hundred people per filter, which cost P2,500 only each.